An introduction to natural capital accounting at the local and landscape scale

Natural capital accounts for Beam Parklands, London - report prepared by eftec

Half day seminars - next in Woking and Leeds

About the topic

There is growing interest in the use of accounting frameworks to understand the value of the natural environment. The aim is to inform planning, management and investment decisions that minimise risks and maximise opportunities. They are typically divided into asset accounts, maintenance costs, physical flow and monetary flows. Different frameworks help distinguish maintenance costs, physical flows of ecosystem services and their monetary values, and asset values.

Alongside efforts to develop natural capital accounts for large organisations and countries, accounts are being produced for natural features across smaller areas of land and water. This includes private estates, public parks and protected landscapes.  

These seminars will introduce the process of accounting for the value of the natural environment at the local and landscape scale.

By 'local' we mean public and private land estates, administrative districts, river catchments and areas of land and water protected because of their qualities. By 'landscape scale' we mean geographical areas that can be identified by the qualities of the landscape.

What will I learn?

The session will increase your understanding of

  • the methods for ecosystem and natural capital accounting applicable at the local and landscape scale
  • relationship with other tools and methods, e.g. ecosystem service mapping
  • the resources and skills required to undertake an assessment
  • the potential for informing planning, investment and management decisions

Who are the seminars for?

  • Estate managers in the private, third and public sector
  • Businesses dependent on goods and services from the UK’s natural environment (such as in agriculture, water, tourism)
  • Managers of designated areas (such as AONBs and National Parks)
  • Local heritage and environmental initiatives (such as Landscape Partnerships, Futurescapes, Living Landscapes, Local Nature Partnerships (England), Catchment Management Partnerships.)
  • People who advise any of the above
  • Researchers interested in supporting the creation of accounts for local users

"Very worthwhile seminar - thank you" Participant, Bristol                                                                                   "Very timely in terms of our progress in developing natural capital accounting" Participant, Bristol

Seminar leaders

The Bristol, Liverpool, Perth and Woking seminars are being delivered by eftec (the economics for the environment consultancy). The Peterborough and Leeds seminars are being delivered by Aecom. Both organisations have substantial experience of accounting for the value of the natural environment at the local and landscape scale.

Locations, dates and how to book

    Woking (Surrey)

    • 14th June 2017, 1:45pm to 5pm (sandwich lunch available from 1pm)
    • The Living Planet Centre (WWF UK), Woking GU21 4LL
    • Early bird places from £55 (early bird booking ends on 24th May)
    • Click here to book for the seminar in Woking


    • 7th September 2017, 1:45pm to 5pm (sandwich lunch available from 1pm)
    • Leeds Beckett University, Leeds LS1 2HA
    • Early bird places from £55 (early bird booking ends on 30th June) 
    • Click here to book for the seminar in Leeds

    Booking conditions

    For cancellations up to 15 working days before the event, refunds can be claimed less a £20 administration fee. Thereafter, no refunds can be given. Delegate names can be changed up to 3 working days before the event.


    Previous seminars


    Bristol, 28th February 2017. Supported by Triodos Bank and delivered in association with the West of England Nature Partnership


    Liverpool, 8th March 2017, supported The Peel Group


    Perth, 9th March 2017. In association with Scottish Natural Heritage, the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital and escom.



    Peterborough, 17th May 2017. In association with Natural Cambridgeshire.